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Nicknames 2008 Phillies will use for Players Weekend

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Nicknames 2008 Phillies will use for Players Weekend

Chooch.
 
Hollywood.
 
Silver Fox?
 
The 2008 Phillies will go down as one of the most loved teams to ever play in the city of Philadelphia, and while most have moved on, the nicknames we called them back in the day, and some we didn’t, will appear on real Major League Baseball jerseys this season.
 
During the weekend of August 25-27, the first-ever Players Weekend will allow Major Leaguers to wear nicknames on the back of new-look jerseys for the first time. Here’s what the current Phillies team will look like, which features some interesting nicknames.
 
Here’s a look at how the still-active members of the 2008 World Series team will suit up.
 
Chase Utley, embracing his age and look, will be known as Silver Fox.
 


 
Cole Hamels, as he was known with the Phillies, will be Hollywood.
 

 
Chooch, will be known as Chooch.
 


Jayson Werth will simply be known as Dub.
 


 
Ryan Madson will wear Blest. Perhaps “Bridge to Lidge” was too long.
 

 
Joe Blanton will slim down his name, as he has his appearance, to Joe B.
 

 
J.A. Happ will go with Happer.
 

Best of MLB: Former Phillies Worley, Hellickson, Happ all dominant in wins

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Best of MLB: Former Phillies Worley, Hellickson, Happ all dominant in wins

BALTIMORE -- Jeremy Hellickson threw seven outstanding innings in his Orioles debut, Caleb Joseph homered and Baltimore beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Playing in his second game with Baltimore, Tim Beckham doubled, tripled and drove in two runs.

The Orioles' five-game winning streak is their longest since early May, and they now stand just 2 games behind Kansas City for the second AL wild-card slot.

The Royals had won 10 of 11 before coming up flat at Camden Yards, scoring only three runs in 27 innings. They showed their frustration in the ninth inning, when Mike Moustakas was tossed after complaining about a third-strike call and manager Ned Yost was ejected for joining the argument.

Hellickson (1-0), obtained Saturday from Philadelphia, limited Kansas City to five hits, issuing one walk and allowing only one runner to reach third base (see full recap).

Worley earns 1st victory since May 2016
MIAMI -- Vance Worley pitched seven innings and faced the minimum number of batters to earn his first victory since May 2016, helping the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday.

Worley (1-2) allowed only two hits, and both baserunners were erased on double play grounders hit by Bryce Harper. Worley lowered his ERA from 6.42 to 5.31 while facing the highest-scoring team in the National League.

Dee Gordon tripled, singled twice, scored three times, drove in a run, stole two bases and made an acrobatic defensive play. Gordon extended his hitting streak to 13 games, matching his career high.

Teammates Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich hit two-run homers. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton leaped at the wall to rob Brian Goodwin of a home run for the final out to preserve a four-hit shutout.

By taking the rubber game of the three-game set, the Marlins have won four consecutive series for the first time since late 2015. They're still 12 games behind the NL East-leading Nationals, however (see full recap).

Happy strikes out 10 in Blue Jays’ win
CHICAGO -- J.A. Happ had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings, matching his longest start of the season, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Wednesday.

Happ (4-8) gave up a run and six hits while walking one to get his first win since July 4. He last got through seven innings in his first start of the season on April 5.

Justin Smoak extended his hitting streak to nine games and reached base three times for the Blue Jays, who won two of three in a matchup of last-place teams. Steve Pearce and Josh Donaldson added solo home runs.

Roberto Osuna entered with two on and nobody out in the ninth inning, and set down three straight batters to earn his 27th save.

Derek Holland (5-11) gave up two runs and five hits with four walks in six innings (see full recap).

Cole Hamels the favorite to win AL Cy Young; J.A. Happ 4th

Cole Hamels the favorite to win AL Cy Young; J.A. Happ 4th

For all of Cole Hamels' accolades and achievements during his 10 seasons with the Phillies, he never finished higher than fifth in Cy Young voting.

This year, in his first full season with the Texas Rangers, he's Bovada's AL Cy Young favorite as of Sept. 1, with 2/1 odds.

Hamels is 14-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 27 starts with Texas this season. He's struck out 171 batters in 173 innings but also walked a career-worst 3.4 batters per nine innings.

Despite pitching in the tougher league, Hamels has posted the third-best ERA of his career and the third-best in the American League, behind only Aaron Sanchez and Jose Quintana. The Rangers, at 80-54, have the best record in the AL.

It really just shows that, despite the common perception in Philadelphia that the Phillies received a strong haul in exchange for Hamels, Texas is quite happy with its own portion of the trade. Hamels has made 39 regular-season starts for Texas over the last 1½ seasons and gone 21-5 with a 3.16 ERA. And keep in mind the Rangers are paying only about half of his remaining salary.

Another former Phillie, J.A. Happ, is fourth on Bovada's list of AL Cy Young favorites at 8/1, behind Corey Kluber and Chris Sale (3/1). 

Happ has been remarkably consistent for another AL playoff contender in Toronto, going 17-4 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 26 starts. 

Who'da thunk it?